The Balkan Adriatic, Albania to Italy

Pictures: 1) Budva, 2) Dubrovnik, 3) Split, 4) Ljubljana, 5)Lake Bled.

The Balkan Adriatic, Albania to Italy – 14 nights – also featuring North Macedonia, Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia


This sample itinerary merely provides an illustration of what your private tour could look like. Your custom made private tour will be personalised in consideration of you own needs and preferences. Such as where your tour begins and ends, the total number of nights, the locations where you would like to overnight, the attractions that you would like to visit, and the amount of free time that you would like to enjoy at leisure.  

Summary: (Part One – Albania, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Croatia.)

Day 1 Flight arrival at Tirana airport, private transfer and Tirana city tour. Overnight in Tirana.
Day 2 The old town of Berat (UNESCO World Heritage), nearby Mangalem and Gorica, and a visit to a local winery for wine tasting. Overnight in Tirana.
Day 3 North Macedonia day trip featuring the historic city of Ohrid (UNESCO World Heritage), Ohrid Castle, St Sophia church and a boat trip on Lake Ohrid. Overnight in Tirana.
Day 4 Tirana to Podgorica ( the capital city of Montenegro), with a visit to the city of Shkodra en route. In Podgorica a private city tour is included. Overnight in Podgorica.
Day 5 Cetinje, the historic royal capital of Montenegro and the Lovcen mountain village of Njegusi with a luncheon of local speciality cold cuts and cheeses included. Concluding in Budva, Montenegro’s most popular Adriatic resort. Overnight in Budva.
Day 6 Budva old town, the Bay of Kotor (including Perast village and the Island of Our Lady of the Rocks) and Kotor old town (UNESCO World Heritage). Overnight in Budva.
Day 7 Budva to Dubrovnik, crossing the border into Croatia, with a private tour of Dubrovnik old town (UNESCO World Heritage), including the Franciscan monastery, the Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral. Afternoon at leisure to explore further and an opportunity to walk Dubrovnik’s infamous city walls. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Your driver/guide for the first part of your tour returns to Albania. Your driver/guide for the second part of the tour will arrive in Dubrovnik ready to meet you the following morning.

Summary: (Part Two – Croatia, Slovenia and Italy):

Day 1 Dubrovnik to Split, including a guided private walking tour of Split old town and the Diocletian’s Palace (UNESCO World Heritage). Overnight in Split.
Day 2 For days 2 and 3 there are two options. Option 1) – Split to Plitvice, with a guided visit to the attractive old town of Trogir (UNESCO World Heritage) in the morning. Option 2) – Split to Istria, with an afternoon guided visit to the village of Hum, officially recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as being the “smallest town in the world”. Overnight in Plitvice or Istria.
Day 3 Option 1) – a guided walk in the Plitvice Lakes National Park (UNESCO World Heritage), with its numerous lakes and cascading waterfalls. Option 2) – the region of Istria including guided walking tours around the hilltop medieval town of Motovun and the attractive Venetian style coastal town of Rovinj. Overnight in Plitvice or Istria.
Day 4 Crossing the border into Slovenia, heading for the capital city Ljubljana. Hotel check-in and a guided orientation walk of the city centre / old town. Rest of the afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Ljubljana.
Day 5 Lake Bled, one of Europe’s most delightful alpine gems, also featuring a visit to Bled Castle and the nearby Vintgar Gorge. Overnight in Ljubljana.
Day 6 Ljubljana to Venice, breaking the journey to visit the renowned Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle. Concluding the day at your accommodation located nearby to Venice and the airport. Overnight near Venice.
Day 7 Free day at leisure to visit nearby Venice which is easily accessible by public bus, train or private taxi. Overnight near Venice.
Day 8 You make your own travel arrangements to Venice Marco Polo airport for your flight departure. Alternatively you can continue your adventure elsewhere in Italy.

Your transportation is by deluxe passenger van, offering exceptional travel comfort, with your own dedicated English speaking driver/guide.

You can enjoy all of the benefits of a private tour with us, for less than the price of “big bus” tours, but with all of the benefits of a private tour. Particularly where the fixed costs of your private transportation and guiding are shared between four or six persons.


Please contact us by email for confirmation of our availability and your private tour price. We do not publish any prices here because your private tour will be custom made in consideration of your arrival and departure dates, the size of your group and your hotel preferences.

What else is included in your private tour package?

1) Your hotel accommodation with breakfast:

We have developed our own “cherry picked” selection of preferred hotel partners, based on our personal experiences and client feedback, which we continuously monitor. At the time of making your enquiry we will check the current availability and room rates for our first choice hotel selections, and these details will be included with your custom made itinerary and quotation.

2) Your entrance fees at visitor attractions:

All of the entrance fees at the various visitor attractions or activities which are included in your itinerary are covered, unless these are stated as “optional”, in which case you will need to pay for these.

3) Local guides:

In addition to the general guidance and recommendations provided by Graeme, your personal driver and tour manager for your entire tour, you will enjoy the services of local city guides in various locations. Several of the guided tours provided by the visitor attractions listed above include local specialist guides.

4) Other services:

Orientation and guidance at each overnight location including local restaurant recommendations, assistance with your luggage between the vehicle and the hotel lobby, hotel check-in assistance, 24/7 emergency contact.

Part Two of this tour is operated by Four Seasons Travel, please contact us directly to make your enquiry in the usual way and we will take full responsibility for this section of your Balkan Adriatic tour.

Further details regarding our general booking terms and conditions can be found on this website in Payments and terms.

Part One of this private tour is operated by one of our partner agencies based in Tirana, Albania – Europa Travel & Tours.

Operating since 1995, Europa Travel & Tours is described as “one of the pioneer incoming travel agencies in Albania”. It has been welcoming visitors to Albania for many years with private tours that often combine the highlights and hidden gems of its home country with neighbouring Montenegro, Macedonia and Greece. Over these many years of experience Europa Travel & Tours has apparently established a good network of hotel partners and created a strong team of tour managers, tour guides and drivers. They also appear to have worked hard to build a strong reputation for local knowledge and expertise, reliability and good customer service. We therefore welcome the opportunity to share the responsibilities of this seamless tour of the Balkan Adriatic with Europa Travel and Tours.

To arrange Part One of your private tour, please contact Europa Travel and Tours directly. They will be delighted to hear from you and they will take full responsibility for your private tour reservation, including the booking terms and your payment arrangements.

Contact: Alda Kacani, Incoming Department at Europa Travel & Tours, Albania.

Telephone: +355 (4) 223 9807

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